Can the remote starter end a decades-long debate?

Can the remote starter end a decades-long debate?

That’s the question.

And it really boils down to another question: Should you warm up your car in the winter?  Let’s see if we can figure this out.

Winter has arrived on our doorstep, and you’re either a) excited about it, or b) depressed about it and mad at your weird, winter-loving friends.  Whether you like cold weather or not, your car doesn’t like it- until it’s warmed up.  Then it loves winter.  We know this, so we warm up our cars before we go anywhere.

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All the Tools I Want for Christmas

All the Tools I Want for Christmas

Look, I’m not saying you can’t send me Lego kits, G.I. Joe playsets, and Nerf guns, but the things I wanted when I was 8 aren’t the only things I want anymore.  And since I know none of you cheapskates are going to buy me a ’32 Ford or a BMW M1, here are some of the tools I’d like for Christmas, categorized by winter maintenance needs.

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Winter Lighting 101

Vision X Winter Lighting

It’s dark.  It’s dark when you leave in the morning and it’s dark when you drive home.  You know what makes darkness better?  Rain and snow.  Wait.  No, that makes it worse.  Yet winter often serves them to us in an ensemble platter with a side of bad drivers.  I mean, don’t these people remember last year?  When it also snowed?  Anyway, we can’t fix the bad driving of others, but we can help equip you for the cold, snowy, dark gauntlet that is your daily commute in the winter.  There are many ways to do this: better tires, cable chains, winter wipers, and a good dose of courage.  But none will do you any good unless you can see, which is why we’re talking about winter lighting.  A good set of auxiliary lights in the winter can make your drive safer and reduce your stress level. Continue reading “Winter Lighting 101”

Looking for Tire Chains? You’re Probably Looking for Cable Chains.

Tire Chains from SCCAs a consequence of my trip to PRI, I’m working this week remotely from beautiful northern Indiana.  This means I’m not wearing…shoes.  And that my commute time was cut down to the 1.3 seconds it took to get from my bed to my desk.  But it also means that the rest of my driving is hampered by about seven inches of gorgeous, seasonally-appropriate snow.  Hate on it all you want, but there’s nothing like a white Christmas, as long as you know how to get around in it.  That’s why we have long recommended snow chains for your car.  But maybe we should get more specific, because cable chains are probably what you want. Continue reading “Looking for Tire Chains? You’re Probably Looking for Cable Chains.”

Winter Prep: Do it Now

BMW snow plow
After the hottest summer in living memory and a weird, fickle fall, some steady winter weather is almost welcome here in Kansas City.  Yesterday, for example, it was 77 degrees before the sun came up, though it was about 35 when it went back down.  Very weird. Continue reading “Winter Prep: Do it Now”

A Word on Tire Chains

winter tire chainsAt first glance, it just doesn’t seem like a very good idea.  Why would you strap bits of metal to your tires and drive around like that?  But if you’ve ever used a set of tire chains, like the ones from our friends at Security Chain, you know they give you Abrams-like traction, and can be a definite safety feature during the snowy months.  Here’s a basic run-down on what they are, how they work, and how to make the most of them. Continue reading “A Word on Tire Chains”

Driving in a Winter Wonderland

driving in winterAs this winter shapes up to be one of the worst in recent memory, we find ourselves watching the forecast intently for the next storm.  In turn, we may be neglecting the one thing that takes the biggest beating during this time of the year: our vehicles. Driving in winter weather can have a significant negative impact on a poorly prepared vehicle.  We offer a few tips to help you get ready for the next blast of snow and ice. Continue reading “Driving in a Winter Wonderland”

Tire Chains: Choosing the Right Style

Tire Chains provide traction in some of the worst winter conditionsSnow chains–or tire chains–are chains or cables which can be fitted to the tires of vehicles to provide additional traction when driving through snow and ice.  They are available in a number of different sizes, configurations and styles.  They vary by ease of attachment, style of attachment and complexity of tire coverage. Continue reading “Tire Chains: Choosing the Right Style”